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ımam mahdı ... very important this is your only salvation .. don't ignore the facts .follow the cats get precise information about the existence of god.undeniable evidence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0HrgNxpqRk&feature=youtu.be 跟著貓找出神的存在..不可否認的證據..導致永恆的幸福 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOkYTQ0vQig&feature=youtu.be 猫から真実を学ぶ...永遠の苦痛からあなたを救うでしょう https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZCg9XczY7A&feature=youtu.be बिल्लियों का पालन करें....तथ्यों को जानें https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v13gXQL-nA0&feature=youtu.be बिल्लियों का पालन करें....तथ्यों को जानें https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v13gXQL-nA0&feature=youtu.be बिरालोबाट सत्य सिक्नुहोस् https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-njpIJHLOSk&t=72s sundin ang mga pusa malaman ang katotohanan..para maabot mo ang walang hanggang kaligayahan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL8sdtDEp3c&feature=youtu.be មើលសត្វឆ្មា..រៀនការពិត..រៀនសុភមង្គលអស់កល្បជានិច្ច https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voDuwLwrRQQ&feature=youtu.be 고양이를 봐..사실을 배우다..영원한 행복의 길은 무엇입니까..당신의 마음을 사용하고 배우십시오 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVmDlVnLr64&t=75s Theo dõi những con mèo...học hạnh phúc vĩnh cửu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg2JDJfdldY ကြောင်များထံမှအမှန်တရားကိုသင်ယူပါ.....ထာဝရပျော်ရွှင်မှုအတွက်လမ်း https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLHttxvZEiY&feature=youtu.be බළලුන්ගෙන් සත්‍යය ඉගෙන ගන්න..සදාකාලික සතුට ඉගෙන ගන්න https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mEcrsOmshQ&feature=youtu.be You say they took us to hell in the presence of God . why don't you use your mind ? ...All beauties are waiting for you, you will be very happy ... nothing will be the same as my words may sound like a joke to you ....i'm god's revenge sword..They will learn this too ..THE Wrath of God has come .. you need a mind to understand ...Damn those who slander God and deny their words ... Except for those who believe in the words of God and obey her commands ...There are many who want to go to hell. I only report the facts .. fame, money won't save you . obedience to god only saves .. You are waiting for God's punishment, you will love it very much.. the punishment is too close ..I guess nobody wants to get rid of...I am doing my duty . The knowledge given by the devil is .Nostradamus's prophecy is frightening 3rd World War and Turkey. watch with subtitles It also describes the expected savior https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5cw0jaLtfI .. If religious scholars had knowledge, he would not remain without faith.. imam mahdı ... the cats get precise information about the existence of god.undeniable evidence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0HrgNxpqRk&feature=youtu.be... I warned the devil side before people...they obeyed what I said..they do whatever I say..they fear god...Can you think about what to do?..the enemy of god is my enemy..give up slandering god..don't say she didn't say. scholars of religion you are waiting for god's torment, don't worry too close ...you will learn the cost of slander god MATTA 24-27 “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You look like whitewashed graves that look beautiful on the outside, but are filled with dead bones and all kinds of filth. 28 You appear outwardly towards people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and malice..Let those who do not obey what I say burn in hell forever.. I am your order . obedience to me is obedience to god ..You are an enemy of God, as long as you don't do what the god says.. Angel writes what she does .. the end of many is very close..you ignore the facts... are you ready for the torture of god... scholars you are going to hell..you are taking people to hell..ask god forgiveness..tell people the truth..otherwise wait for god's punishment..I am the light of god..I show you the way of salvation..I was written in the scriptures..She brought out a powerful savior for us from David's line (Luke, 1: 69-71)save your loved ones and yourself..god will take revenge... I am the savior written in the scriptures....
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04/07/2020

The Importance of Esala Poya,

It was on the Esala Full Moon Poya Day the Buddha arrived at the deer park of Isipathana to preach Dhamma to Ven. Kondangna, Vappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanama and Assaji, the five ascetics.

The Buddha delivered His first discourse Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta to them. At the end, the eldest Kondangna Thera attained the first stage of sainthood.

Esala Full Moon Poya is very important in the Buddhist calendar. According to Buddhist history, many significant events had taken place on the Esala Full Moon Poya Day. Among them, the conception of Prince Siddartha in Queen Mahamaya’s womb occurred on the Esala Full Moon Poya Day.

Buddhist literature reveals that a thousand years ago Queen Mahamaya, in one of her previous lives had the same unusual dream on an Esala Full Moon Poya Day.

It was on this day that King Suddhodana, Prince Siddartha’s father was conveyed the happy news by Queen Mahamaya, the mother of Prince Siddartha.

The Queen had woken up early in the morning and informed the King about this. The King had a deep thought of the dream and knew that a great person was conceived in Queen Mahamaya’s womb.

According to the dream, four guardian deities of the world carried the Queen in a beautiful couch to the snow clad foothills of the Himalayan Mountain Range, where a white baby elephant that had a white lotus flower in its trunk walked thrice round the couch of the sleeping Queen Mahamaya. Thereafter, the baby elephant entered into her womb from the right side of the abdomen. The dream came to an end and the Queen was suddenly awakened.

The next morning Queen Mahamaya revealed everything about the previous night’s dream to King Suddhodana.

The King realised that the dream indicated a good news, the conception of a very great person to the world. It was the Esala Full Moon Poya Day, Queen Mahamaya was conceived Bodisattva.

The King and the Queen did not have a child for 20 years. Therefore, the happy news was a joyful event not only for the King and the Queen, but the maids and other workers employed in the King’s palace. The Prince was born on the Vesak Full Moon Poya Day.

History reveals that the month of Vesak was introduced to the Buddhist calendar during the Vishaka Era. Prince Siddartha was also born in a month belonged to the Vishaka Era. It was the fifth month according to the Roman calendar.

The three significant incidents in the life of the Buddha, the Birth, enlightenment and the passing away took place on the same Full Moon Poya Day during the Vishaka era. Therefore, Buddhists call it as the Vesak Full Moon Poya Day.

Prince Siddartha’s mother, Queen Mahamaya passed away after seven days of his birth. The Prince was thereafter looked after by his step-mother Queen Maha Prajapathi Gothami, the sister of Queen Mahamaya. After the death, Queen Mahamaya was born in the Thavthisa heaven.

The Prince lived a luxurious life. He realised that the life was impermanent and full of suffering. Therefore, he was always determined to find a path or a way to solve the problems of universal sufferings. At the age of 29, the prince decided to leave the palace, leaving all comforts to find the way out of universal suffering. The great Renunciation also took place on an Esala Full Moon Poya Day, 2,600 years ago.

It was on the Esala Poy Day, seven weeks after the attainment of Buddhahood, the Buddha delivered His first discourse, the Dhammachakkapavattna Sutta (the wheel of truth) to the five Ascetics, Kondanna, Vappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanama and Assaji at Isipathanaya in Benares (Baranasi).

The sermon consisted of the central teachings of the Buddha – the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. At the end of the Sutta the eldest Kondangna Thera attained sotapatti, the first stage of sainthood.

The Buddha says, “What, O Bhikkus, is that middle path the Thathagatha has discovered which promotes sight, knowledge, peace, higher wisdom, Enlightenment and Nibbana? It is this Noble Eightfold Path”.

Hearing the discourse, the other four ascetics later attained the status of Arahat. The five ascetics were the first disciples of the Buddha. He spent three months with these pancha vagga bhikkhus in Isipatanaramaya.

The book The Discovery of India, written by former Indian Prime Minister Sri Jawaharlal Nehru mentions how he sees the Buddha preaching his first sermon” at Saranath near Baranasi.

He said, “Some of his recorded words would come like a distant echo through two thousand five hundred years ago.”

The observance of Vas by the Maha Sangha during the rainy season was introduced by the Buddha when he was with the five bhikkhus. The commencement of the rainy season began from the month of Esala.

Vas signifies the cessation from going about begging alms (Pindapatha) during the rainy season for the bhikkhus residing in a definite place, either in a sanctuary of their respective vihares or in a particular abode. Buddhist laity provided the bhikkhus with food, robes and other necessities during the rainy season.

In return for this gesture, the bhikkus were told by the Buddha to engage in the practice of ‘Vidharshana Bhavana’ meditation and make the laity partake of the merit.

Furthermore, Esala also signifies a number of important events in the life of the Buddha.

It was on Esala Full Moon Poya Day, the Buddha visited Thusitha Heaven by using his miraculous power to preach the Abhidhamma to his mother the Matru Divyaraja and other gods.

The convocation of the first Buddhist Council (First Dharma Sangayana) was held on the Esala Poya Day under the patronage of King Ajasaththa, three months after the Parinibbana of the Buddha at the Satipattana cave on the vehera rock near Rajagaha. It was headed by the Ven Maha Kassapa with the participation of 500 Arahats.

It was on the same Esala Full Moon Poya Day, that Prince Rahula, the only child of Prince Sdiddartha and Princess Yasodara was born. The day Prince Siddartha saw the whole world including His wife and child suffering not knowing the way out of it. The Prince left home in prime of his youth. Buddhists still believe that his Great Renunciation was the boldest step that a man has ever taken.

An additional factor that enhances the value of this poya to Sri Lanka is the first local ordination of a Sri Lankan, when Prince Arittha, the nephew of the king, entered the Order at Anuradhapura, under Arahant Mahinda, following the introduction of Buddhism. On this day there also took place the laying of the foundation for the celebrated dagoba, the Mahastupa or the Ruwanvelisaya and also its enshrinement of relics by King Dutugemunu. It is owing to the combination of all these events that the Sinhala Buddhists fittingly observe this day ceremonially by holding Esala festivals throughout the island, giving pride of place to the internationally famous Kandy Esala Perahera.

Esala poya assumes prominence for yet another ritual of the Sri Lankan Buddhists. This is the annual rains retreat of the monks, 'Vas', which commences on the day following the Esala full moon. On the next poya day, Nikini (August), those monks who failed to commence the normal Vas on the day following Esala Poya, are allowed to enter the 'late Vas'.

04/07/2020

The 5 Significance of Asala Full Moon Poya Day
Esala Full Moon Poya day is given much importance ; observed with equal veneration and holiness because of the great incidents related to the life of Prince Siddartha (Later the Buddha

Prominent events associated with A(E)sala Full Moon Poya Day :

1.* The conception of Boddhisatta in the womb of Queen Maya.
the conception of Prince Siddartha in Queen Mahamayas womb occurred on the Esala Full Moon Poya Day.Buddhist literature reveals that a thousand years ago Queen Mahamaya, in one of her previous lives had the same unusual dream on an Esala Full Moon Poya Day.It was on this day that King Suddhodana, Prince Siddarthas father was conveyed the happy news by Queen Mahamaya, the mother of Prince Siddartha.The Queen had woken up early in the morning and informed the King about this. The King had a deep thought of the dream and knew that a great person was conceived in Queen Mahamayas womb.
According to the dream, four guardian deities of the world carried the Queen in a beautiful couch to the snow clad foothills of the Himalayan Mountain Range, where a white baby elephant that had a white lotus flower in its trunk walked thrice round the couch of the sleeping Queen Mahamaya. Thereafter, the baby elephant entered into her womb from the right side of the abdomen. The dream came to an end and the Queen was suddenly awakened.The next morning Queen Mahamaya revealed everything about the previous nights dream to King Suddhodana.The King realised that the dream indicated a good news, the conception of a very great person to the world. It was the Esala Full Moon Poya Day, Queen Mahamaya was conceived Bodisattva.The King and the Queen did not have a child for 20 years. Therefore, the happy news was a joyful event not only for the King and the Queen, but the maids and other workers employed in the Kings palace. The Prince was born on the Vesak Full Moon Poya Day.
2.* It was on Esala Full Moon Day that Prince Siddhartha relinquished the lay life and did the Abinishcramanaya (renunciation/ The Great Renunciation) to become an ascetic, in search of the Truth. The Prince lived a luxurious life. He realised that the life was impermanent and full of suffering. Therefore, he was always determined to find a path or a way to solve the problems of universal sufferings. At the age of 29, the prince decided to leave the palace, leaving all comforts to find the way out of universal suffering. The great Renunciation also took place on an Esala Full Moon Poya Day, 2,600 years ago.

3.* This day is of great significance to the entire Buddhist community as it was on such a day, two months after the Buddha attained Enlightenment, delivered his first sermon, Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta ( the wheel of truth) to the five ascetics- Kondangna, Wappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanama and Assaji at Isipathanaya in Benares (Baranasi).The sermon consisted of the central teachings of the Buddha- the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. This set in motion the great Buddhist tradition of the Sangha , for popularizing the teachings of the Buddha firstly in India and later throughout the world.

4.*, the performance of the Twin Miracle (yamaka-patihariya)
5.* The Buddha preached the Abhidhamma to Mathru Divaraja in the high heavens of Thusitha Divyaloka. It was on Esala Full Moon Poya Day, the Buddha visited Thusitha Heaven by using his miraculous power to preach the Abhidhamma to his mother the Matru Divyaraja and other gods.

05/06/2020

Significance of Poson Poya

Poson Full-Moon Poya Day is celebrated to mark the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC, a festival of great historical and religious significance celebrated island-wide by Buddhists. Poson, held on the full moon day of June, commemorates the occasion over 2,000 years ago when Arahat Mahinda, son of Emperor Asoka of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism. The main centre of celebration is Mihintale, the ancient monastic complex where the royal missionary monk Mahinda preached the first sermon to the ruling king and at Anuradhapura the ancient capital, to which large crowds of pilgrims converge. Mass religious observances, illuminations and pageants are part of the celebrations.

For Buddhists, this hallowed day of Poson is second only to Vesak in terms of importance. Although Poson is celebrated throughout the island, the major ceremonies are to be found in Anuradhapura and Mihintale. Long lines of devotees dressed in white climb the many steps to the top of the Mihintale hill first to the temple, and then to the dagobas that adorn the nearby hillocks. In addition, many devotees climb to the very top of the rock, to the spot where Arahat Mahinda delivered his initial discourses.

Poson Poya is celebrated annually with great fervour throughout the island but particularly in Mihinthale where Mahinda Thera first put his foot to preach the word of The Buddha.This is why Mihinthale is called the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. With the establishment of the Bhikkhu Sasanaya all other elements of a civilised society began to emerge with the art of writing, art, architecture, river civilization, religious rituals in song and dance forms and literature, all with royal patronage.

Many religious activities are organised during this poson period in Sri Lanka such as Sil campaigns, Bodhi Poojas, Dansalas, Poson devotional songs, Poson pandols (thoran) and lanterns.

On Poson Poya Day many temples are filled with Atasil devotees and pilgrims all over Sri Lanka.

05/06/2020

Significance of Poson full moon Poya day.

The day we commemorate the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Arahat Maha Mahinda (son of King Asoka of India) at Mihintale in the third century B.C. Ven Mahinda established the Dispensation of The Buddha (Buddhasasana) in Sri Lanka.
Significance of Poson Full Moon Poya Day

The full-moon Poson Poya Day is noteworthy to the Sri Lankan Buddhists as the day on which Emperor Asoka's son, the Arahat Mahinda, officially introduced Buddhism to the island in the 3rd century B.C.

Accordingly, in addition to the normal ritualistic observances undertaken on a Poya day, on Poson day devotees flock to Anuradhapura, the ancient holy capital city of the country, for it was there that Arahat Mahinda converted the then ruler, King Devanampiya Tissa, and his court to Buddhism, thereby setting in motion a series of events that finally made Sri Lanka the home of Theravada Buddhism.

Even today, on Poson Poya, Anuradhapura becomes the center of Buddhist activity. Mihintale, the spot where the momentous encounter between the Elder and the King took place, accordingly receives the reverential attention of the devotees.

The two rituals of pilgrimage and the observance of the Eight Precepts are combined here. Processions commemorative of the event, referred to as Mihindu Peraheras, are held in various parts of the country.

07/05/2020

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07/05/2020

Vesak❤️

07/05/2020

Vesak❤️

07/05/2020

Vesak❤️

07/05/2020

SIGNIFICANT AND HISTORICAL ASPECTS of #Wesak Full Moon Poya Day :

The young ascetic Sumedha was committed to achieve the highest spiritual realm, only a few could reach. That day he heard Dipankara Buddha was visiting his town. What he wanted was a definite prophecy that he would be a Buddha in eons to come.

However the place was congested with people and the young man could hardly reflect a way of seeing Dipankara Buddha. When he spotted the muddy road, his mind worked in a different plane.

He requested the Great Teacher and his retinue to walk over him. Dipankara Buddha saw the young man's thought in his divine eye, and knew the youth's wish will materialise in uncountable eons to come.

Dipankara Buddha prophesied ascetic Sumedha would be a Buddha named Gotama in the future. The day Buddha declared the solemn prophecy to his twenty-fourth successor was a Vesak Full Moon Poya day.

Three major events in the Buddha's life

From then Sumedha had been reborn in many existences. He had to complete the 30 Paramitas, perfections. And before his final birth, the Bodhisatva, or Buddha-to-be, was born in Thusitha heaven.

The divine creature inquired five affairs before expiring for the final birth: right time, right area, right continent, right cast and right mother. Then, as any Buddhist knows, the fully mindful divine being entered the womb of Queen Mahamaya. A prince was born on a Vesak Poya day to the Queen and King Suddhana and was named Siddharth, one who has found meaning of existence. The Queen passed away seven days after the prince's birth.

The whiz kid declared the glorious verse, customary for all Buddhas, just after the birth: "I am the chief of the world. There is no equal to me. I am supreme. This is my last birth. No rebirth for me." The teacher worshipped the teacher of the world, and the father worshipped the son.

Siddharth Gotama's life was spent amid royal luxuries until he realised life's true nature. Moments later Prince Siddharth renounced the princely life on a Vesak poya day. Ascetic life was not a simple thing for the prince.

The robed Gotama was trained in various mental skills under many teachers, only to get disillusioned that they do not have the truth he looks for. The right way to achieve the truth dawned on him one day. He directed the mind in the right meditation path. Moments later he reached Enlightenment and conquered the world of sorrows on a Vesak Poya day.

The Conqueror was heading to the city of Kusinara, when he met Pukkusa. Pukkusa listened to the Dhamma and offered the Conqueror two golden robes: one worn by the Blessed One and the other by His assistant Ven. Ananda.

When the Conqueror was robed, his skin became clear dazzling the robe. Ven. Ananda was amazed and the Conqueror declared that the skin of a Buddha will be remarkably bright on two occasions: the night he attains enlightenment and the night he passes away.

80-year old Gotama Buddha then announced his passing away, Parinibbana, would take place on the third watch of the night at Sal grove of Malla royal family, and it happened to be a Vesak poya day.

Buddha visits the land of Nagas

The Buddha visited Sri Lanka on three occasions: first to Mahiyangana in January, second to Nagadipa in April, and third to Kelaniya in May, Vesak.

On the second visit made to Nagadipa, King Maniakkikha invited the Blessed One for a third visit to Kelaniya. And the Blessed One visited Kelaniya three years after his second visit, with 550 Arahants.

However Nishantha Gunawardena, a Sri Lankan historian living in US, mentions an interesting find in his 'The Lost Dynasty'; Buddha was not invited by King Maniakkhika but by a king named Panitha and his daughter princess Abhi Upaliya. Nishantha cites rock inscriptions at Balaharukanda and Bambaragastalawa that corroborate this find.

"...the rock inscriptions are more accurate due to the difficulty in changing or forging them. It was the national King Panitha who invited Gautama Buddha the second time. The regional King Maniakkhika is mentioned in a few other records.

But it was not until the December 2004 tsunami hit, the King reintroduced himself. As the tsunami tore through the island it exposed several rock inscriptions. Two of them bore the name King Maniagiya and his mother's name. This is, in fact, King Maniakkhika." (82pp)

King Maniakhikha is commonly mistaken as a Naga (snake) king, but scholars believe the king belonged to a clan named Naga. Following the Buddha's sermon in Kelaniya, the king erected a shrine with the Buddha's hair, utensils and the seat buried inside. However the foreign invasions have resulted in damaging the original shrine.

The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara became more sacred following the Ven. Mahinda's arrival in Lanka to establish the Dhamma wheel officially. Mahavamsa, the official chronicle on Sri Lankan history written in the 5th century CE, states King Devanampiyatissa's brother Uttiya renovated the Dagoba along with the first quarters of the Monks, Shrine.

Mahavamsa interestingly relates how the Blessed One headed to Adam's Peak or Sumanakuta from Kelani on the Vesak Poya day. The 7359-ft-tall conical mountain has a historic significance as Buddhists believe it has the Buddha's footprint on it.

The mount is normally known as Adam's Peak for Christians and Shivan Adipatham (Shiva's footprint) for Hindus. The mount obviously has become the meeting place for people of diverse religions and ethnicities.

In Sinhala the mount is known as Sri Pada, a term derived from Sanskrit denoting the Sacred Foot. The Sinhala Samanala Kanda, or Butterfly Mountain in English, is named thus because of the butterflies annually migrating to the region.

Legend has it that the Buddha placed his left footprint on the hill summit and then strode across to Thailand, then Siam. In Siam the Buddha is said to have left the impression of the right foot; this is called Phra Sat, similar to Sri Pada. In his Bharhut Stupa General Sir A. Cunningham has details about footprints: "Footprints of the Buddha were most probably an object of reverence from a very early period - certainly before the building of the Bharut Stupa - as they are represented in two separate sculptures there. In the sculpture the footprints are placed on a throne or altar, canopied by an umbrella hung with garlands.

A royal personage is kneeling before the altar, and reverently touching the footprints with his hands. The second example is in the bas-relief representing the visit of Ajata-satru to Buddha. Here, as in all other Bharut sculptures, the Buddha does not appear in person, his presence being marked by His two footprints.

The wheel symbol is duly marked on both' (112pp). A cave temple called Diva Guhava is recognised as the place the Buddha had a rest during his Sripada Visit along with his retinue. The cave is said to have the capacity to provide shelter for over 500 people.

Siripa samaya, the season of Sripa pilgrimage starts in December and ends in May. "When the Teacher, compassionate to the whole world," goes on Mahavamsa, account of the great clan, "had preached the doctrine there, he rose, the Master, and left the traces of his footsteps plain to sight on Sumanakuta.

And after he had spent the day as it pleased him at the foot of this mountain, with the brotherhood, be set forth for Dighavapi."

Some historians however see the Buddha's visit to Dighavapi far from being likely. As the chronicle states, the Buddha had Himself visited the village and meditated consecrating the place. A shrine was later erected on the place the Blessed One meditated.

Many works including Samantha Pasadika and Dipavamsa contain allusions to Dighavapi.

The works mention the inhabitants of Dighavapi were Yakkas, with links to pre-Aryan Kirat people in Northern India. As a legend goes, while a novice monk was repairing a part of the shrine, he fell from the top. He heard the shouting of his colleagues to recall Dhajagga Paritta, a Sutta reciting the great qualities of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. And finally, it is said, the novice monk was saved miraculously. The area was later reconstructed by King Saddhatissa.

Some sources indicate that the Buddha set foot on Kataragama following the visit to Dighavapi. Legend has it that the Buddha met King Mahasena (some sources identify the king as Mahaghosha) in Kataragama.

The King listened to the Buddha and erected a shrine - now known as Mangala Ceitya - on the place he preached. The place is now called Kiri Vehera, located close to the Hindu temple built by the same King.

According to a source discovered by Nishantha Gunawardena the Mangala Ceitya contains the sword that Prince Siddharth used to cut his hair in renouncing. However, as Nishantha adds, the source is yet to be verified.

Vijaya arrives in Tambapanni

Prince Vijaya's visit to Sri Lanka - then called Tambapanni, an island with golden sand - happened on a Vesak Poya. As commonly known, Vijaya was exiled to Tambapanni because of the dreadful behaviour of him and his associates.

His father, Sinhabahu, had no option other than exiling him, his followers and their families numbering about 700, to the island shaving half of their heads as a sign of disgrace. Vijaya's ancestors came down from the kingdom of Kalinga, known as Orissa to the ancient, and Vanga in Bangladesh and in eastern part of India.

The king of Vanga was married to the daughter of the king of Kalinga, named Suppadevi. Mahavamsa then relates the episode of Suppadevi having a sexual affair with a lion ending up with two children: Sihabahu, lion-arms, and Sihasivali.

The lion had the family life in a cave, covered by a large rock to block any attempt of escapade. But turn of events took a different shape as the lion's family had escaped from the cave, and Sihabahu killing his father with an arrow. Following the patricide, Sihabahu married his sister and formed a kingdom in Sihapura city. The royal couple had a series of twins, of which Vijaya was the eldest.

Rajavaliya, the chronicle on Sri Lankan kings, mentions Vijaya's entourage spotted Adam's Peak and landed in Southern Sri Lanka - the area that later became the Kingdom of Ruhuna. H. Parker, a British historian, however, mentions it is the mouth of Kirindi Oya.

So started Vijayan dynasty, a reign of a King with a positive attitude towards Buddhism, making the path clear for an official introduction during King Devanampiyatissa's reign.

King "Beloved of the Gods" consecrates

King Devenampiyatissa - meaning 'beloved of the gods' - had his second coronation on a Vesak Poya day. Mahavamsa goes on to describe the moment of glory: "Grand miracles occurred during the consecration of King Devanampiya Tissa. Jewels buried in earth rose to the surface, pearls in deep oceans were washed ashore and piled up and bamboo trees started to look like they were made out of silver. King Devanampiya Tissa thought that these pearls and gems should be sent to his great friend, King Dharmashoka of India.

King Dharmashoka and King Devanampiya Tissa were great friends for many years but had never seen each other."

King Dharmashoka by this time was sending Buddhist missionaries to countries around the world. He selected his son Mahinda Thera to be sent to Lanka with the message of Buddhism.

Mahinda Thera and four other theras started out from India to visit Lanka and ended up in "Missaka Pavva" (Mihintale). At this time King Devanampiya Tissa was conducting a deer hunt close to Mihintale.

The god of the mountain wanted to show Mahinda Thera to the King and disguised himself as a deer. King Devanampiya Tissa and his men chased the deer. When the deer came near the mountain where Mahinda Thera was standing, the deer disappeared. King Devanampiya Tissa saw Mahinda Thera standing on the mountain.

Such is the meaningful influence of Vesak Poya day that intermingles the events of both religious and historical significance.

Top 10 Unknown Life Facts about Lord Gautama Buddha & what is buddhism?

This Page was created to bring together Sri Lankan Buddhists and those interested in Buddhist teachings from all over the world. People from all backgrounds, ages and religious denominations are very welcome. We hope to bring to you Buddhist teachings, sometimes with a contemporary twist., that we hope will bring Buddhism into your daily life.

Top 10 Unknown Life Facts about Lord Gautama Buddha

Siddhartha Gautama also known as Sakyamuni and who later came to be known as Buddha was the founder of the religion Buddhism. His birthday is celebrated as “Buddha poornima” as it is believed that he was born on poornima which means a full moon day. He was given the name Siddhartha which means “one who achieves his aim” and his name which was given by his disciples, Buddha means “the enlightened one”. Archaeologist debates his existence, but there are still some evidences that he existed. People know him as the founder of Buddhism, but there are many things people don’t know about his life. His life can be divided into two parts: the one before he became enlightened and the other after his enlightenment. Here are some of the facts you might not be aware about his life. Read them on to know about the great enlightened man.

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